January 29th, 2014

MailOnline Pinch Mirror’s McTague

Mirror political correspondent Tom McTague is making the move from print to online, quitting the paper to become Matt Chorley’s deputy at the Mail Online. A lefty at heart, McTague won’t enjoy his new job writing up three hour old Guido stories…


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      Casual Observer 6 says:


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        Everything has to be a bitch-fight nowadays.

        Can’t we have some good old fashioned slogging?

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          Casual Observer 6 says:

          There is a curious cognitive dissonance here – which is to your point.

          It’s all about bitch fighting, being catty.

          Not about dog fighting, or slogging it out.

          The latter are masculine, the former feminine.

          A subtle corruption of conflict to keep it in the female sphere and minds at conflict feminized ?

          • The nearest I ever had to a feminine side, I suppose, was when my dear ex-business partner used to phone me up in the morning and say Hello, you c**t! :-)

          • Casual Observer 6 says:

            That sounds like a fantastic way to start the day ;-)

            Are you sure you are not David Cameron ?

          • We were known around the business as an unassailable double act. If one of us went to a meeting alone, the other would phone through on the mobile about 20 minutes after it started.

            The idea was to take the call, say something like No you can’t! Fuck off! and shut the phone off sharpish.

            The effect on the other side was mesmerising and we did not get too much trouble over people reneging.

            Happy days! :-)

          • David Cameron has never had a real job, has he?

          • Mornington Crescent says:

            Oh, brilliant! :-)

          • Pschye the Dog says:

            Puss not many in any party have, unless you call a journalist’s job a real one

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      Rip Van Winkle says:


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      Anonymous says:

      Well I never, they didn’t approach you Fawkesy, same on them, you would have quite been at home in the Daily Wail, and you would be taken more seriously by Dave & Co., then who knows, at CCHQ and then who knows, parachuted in to a nice safe Con seat.

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    Immer Wieder says:

    I only go to the Mail Online to look at the pictures of tits on the sidebar. Makes a change from just reading about them here.

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    Meanwhile.....in the real world...... says:

    We don’t enjoy reading three minute-old Guido stories, ducky.

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    Questions of our time says:

    Why did M’edhi H’asan not get that job ?

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    Fleet Street says:

    What has he ever hacked?

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    Gulag 4 Barroso says:
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      Casual Observer 6 says:

      Time to bomb Brussels… go Russ!a go Russ!a !

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        Casual Observer 6 says:

        Or, with more reasoned international relation analysis:

        The EU has been asking for it for a while now, and if it doesn’t change it’s attitude, the EU is going to get what’s coming.

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          The British Public says:

          True. But why should the UK get swept up in the EU’s hubris

          • The public says:

            Say no to taking in Ukrainian refugees.

          • Casual Observer 6 says:

            The national security of the UK should certainly not be put at risk by the EU, which is precisely what is happening right now with both Syr!a and U’kraine, not to mention the uncontrolled migration of East European criminals and sex offenders that has already happened, and is continuing to happen.

            It is good to see Put!n delivering some straight talk, but it would not be good if the UK found itself in a proxy confrontation between Russ!a and the US because of it’s treaty obligations to the EU.

            Syr!a last year was close enough, and a very near miss.

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      Putin says:

      The Ukraine is none of the EU’s business

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      von Ribbentrop says:

      You know..there is a precedent for joining up with the Russians to deal with a problem nation.

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      Fish says:

      That’s a dilemma for Milipedeski.

      Does he go with his beloved EU…or his beloved Putin

      (actually he’ll probably go with whatever Len tells him)

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    And in summing up m'lud says:

    Might I remind you of the defendant’s own words,,,
    from 4.30 onwards

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    Casual Observer 6 says:

    There is going to be a lot more to this, and a gun shot wound to the leg can be fatal.


    Good to see some follow up reporting. If it isn’t a personal problem, then perhaps things are starting to get desperate in the real markets.

    Could other staff working in financial services be next if this is EU inspired ?

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    Fish says:

    He should go down well at the False Flag Daily Mail, who has we know from Leveson is led by a friend of the Great McDoom (and saviour of the universe).

    Who had on one day earlier this week 4 stories trashing the Tories.

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    Ed Milihollandeband says:

    Vive la Republique d’Angleterre!

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    Gooey Blob says:

    So Gloria de Piero attacks the Lib Dems for its lack of women. That’s rich coming from someone parachuted into Ashfield who has absolutely nothing to do with the constituency she “represents” and whose own party officials described as “Geoff Hoon in a skirt”.

    Doubly amusing that Ashfield is one of very few areas where the Lib Dems have been making significant gains at the expense of Labour, who are in a degree of disarray locally. Believe it or not, Gloria could even her seat to a Lib Dem in 2015.

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    Gary Bloke says:

    MailOnline could also do with some decent subs. It is riddled with howlers. Many readers point them out in the comments area, but they are rarely corrected. I have a feeling that there is no responsible adult at DMGT taking a look at its online offering.

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      Mornington Crescent says:

      Probably because there is no responsible adult visiting its online offering…

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      Fly on the wall says:

      Bit like the illiterates who type up the Sky and BBC news foot-of-the-page runners

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    Mornington Crescent says:

    Drunk rigger mistook female police officer for a stripper… and didn’t realise until she ARRESTED him

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    Ed the Eunuch says:

    The Mirror should be closed down. Scum!

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    Criminal scum R Us. says:

    Guido. Has Watson resigned from the Mirror yet? Or is he just a big fat hypocrite?

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    Ippikin says:

    Scotland and the Pound.

    Now Alex Salmond is no fool and must know that to enter a currency union with us would largely negate any fiscal policy he may wish to adopt, which in turn makes independence pretty pointless.

    Is his being wedded to this impracticality perhaps nothing whatever to do with reality, but more to do with keeping the potential Yes voters on-board by offering the comfort of Big Daddy UK being there to cushion the fall?

    If one takes that on board, one conclusion must be that in reality he has no intention of keeping the pound at all; otherwise what is the point of independence if he cannot run his own tax and spend ambitions, which are currently supported by our largesse.

    The other view of course is that he could have his nominal independence, yet know we will always be there to pick up the pieces just as the EU has to do with Greece, Spain, Portugal & Ireland (so far).

    Yet another example of the slipperiness of his ambition?

    The sooner we say No to fiscal union and the Scots say Yes to independence the better for the rest of us long suffering ‘partners’ in this unholy alliance!

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      FFS says:

      If the independent Scots wanted to bring back hanging then they could do so even with fiscal union.

      This is the kind of independence we’ve been looking for in the West Country for years.

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      Fly on the wall says:

      Yup, about 5 Bawbees to a pound sounds about right.

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    David Cameron Is A Cunt says:

    The Mail Online is becoming noticeably more lefty by the day, he’ll feel right at home there.

    It’s an interesting, if typically left wing entryist, strategy: build the Mail online up to be, so they claim, the worlds most visited news site, with a right of centre approach, and then once you have the regular readership, keep tacking left trying to take them with you. Mind you it has manifestly not worked for David Cameron’s Conservatives.

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      FFS says:

      I think they are under the impression that the lefties that comment on the website are indicative of the readership, when in fact they are only indicative of people so incensed by the Daily Mail they become motivated to get a login and comment. Consequently the online Mail has moved to assuage the sensibilities of its presumed left-wing readership.

      Once it has moved way over to the left, it will wonder where all its readers went.

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        Fly on the wall says:

        They’ll wonder where their readers went when they fill their pages with lefty content.

        You will all of course recall that famous Pepsodent ad from way back…

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        Sink the Bismarck ! says:

        Does UUH Sniff still give sales of the Daily Hitler an artificial boost by flogging it off as cheap bog-paper in the afternoon ?

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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